Meditation is continuing to gain popularity. It’s know to increase awareness, decrease anxiety, and enhance coping skills. Meditation is a practice that is 1000’s of years old. Although it’s newer to the West, meditation has been practiced for centuries on the planet. Here are some ways meditation benefits daily living:
Increases immune system. One study showed a 50% increase in the immune systems of the daily meditators vs. a control group.
Enhance self-awareness. Meditation expands awareness. You may become more aware of a mean voice or recurring negative thoughts. Self-awareness is the first step to change.
Decreases depression and anxiety. One study revealed a 65% reduction in depression and a 30% reduction in anxiety.
Better cognitive skills. Meditation improves memory and decision making abilities. It increases memory and recall.
Increased brain function. A Harvard study demonstrated an increase in grey matter in the brain. This increase learning and memory, regulating emotions, sense of self, and having perspective.
Pain relief. One study showed meditation to be more effective at pain relief than morphine.
Reduces stress response. Life is filled with stressors, both joyful ones like having a baby to others like job loss. Meditation decrease the physiological stress response, enabling us to be more clear and calm.
Blood pressure reduction. After 3 months of consistent meditation, many subjects were able to reduce or eliminate blood pressure medication.
Increases feelings of compassion. Loving kindness meditation can enhance compassion. It can enhance compassion for others, self-compassion, and receiving compassion.
Increased attention span. Whether it’s the normal mental wanderings of checking your phone, getting distracted by a co-worker, or an ADHD diagnosis, meditation increases our ability to focus on a task for longer periods of time.
Help fight addictions. Studies have shown that meditation practice can help redirect attention, control impulses, and reduce cravings.
Improves sleep. Studies have shown regular meditators fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly.
There are many daily benefits to meditation. Whether you want to sleep better, cope with a difficult boss, reduce pain, or simply feel more joy, meditation can help. Meditation can be done anywhere, anytime, although practitioners recommend a daily practice in a dedicated time and space. You can start small with 5 minutes at a time. If you are new to meditation, you may want to try guided meditations on Youtube or a meditation app. The benefits are waiting for you.
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